Do Black Fathers Get the Respect They Deserve?

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  • Are black fathers working harder at the office and with family these days? Are fathers spending more time with their children?

    And do black fathers get the respect they deserve?

    A new survey shows men spend almost three times as much time with their children and twice as much time doing chores as their fathers. Many men are reporting the same pressure to “have it all” as women, TODAY’s Matt Lauer reports.

    Can men have it all? It’s a provocative question after decades of women facing the same dilemma over the push-pull of work and family obligations.

    This month’s Esquire magazine tackles the issue head on and explains “Why Men Still Can’t Have It All.”

    “All of the data suggests that men face the same problems as women do,” said Richard Dorment, senior editor at Esquire.

    In an average week, modern dads are spending nearly triple the time on direct child care, and more than double the time on housework than their fathers or grandfathers did in the 1960s, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau data on how Americans spend their time.

    If they are employed, chances are they are putting in more than 40 hours at work, too.

    As gender roles converge, so does the pressure to do it all.

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